One of two arrivals from the Wee Team today, centre half Euan Murray has signed up for 2 years at East End Park. The defender, who had been at Stark's Park for the past 2 seasons, also captained Raith for a spell in 2018/19.
Euan began his career with Motherwell, making 3 appearances as a teenager, before joining Arbroath - playing just once - and then Clyde, where he made 5 appearances in the first half of the 2014/15 season.
In January 2015, aged 21, Euan made the move to the Solomon Islands to play for Western United. Located in the South Pacific, 1300 miles north of the coast of Australia, the move to the Islands was suggested by an agent who got in touch with Euan's dad, who commented at the time: ''Euan has been combining part time football with a job as a barman. Out of left field an agent suggested Western United. Euan was intrigued by this and the potential offer. Within 24 hours of the initial contact with the club's scout he was on a plane heading to the Pacific region. Euan and another player - Rash Ahmed from England - became the first British players to sign and play in the Solomon Islands.
''Their signing has created a big stir there and both of them have even been guests of the British High Commissioner to the country''.
The adventure lasted 4 months before Euan returned to Scotland in April 2015 and played one more game for Clyde. In the summer of that year he signed for Stenhousemuir. The season that followed was the first of his career that he was selected regularly, playing 32 games in total for the Warriors.
England was his next destination, splitting the 2016/17 season between playing for Barrow and then Southport.
Two summers ago he came back north to join Raith Rovers, making 90 appearances in the seasons that followed. Primarily a central defender, he came also play in both fullback positions. Versatility is key in the trimmed-down Pars squad for the season ahead but I would expect to see the player used mainly in central defence. He is at a good age to develop his game further and will hopefully be the defensive partner that will allow Lee Ashcroft to regain his best form.